Bayern Star Arjen Robben Likely Staying Put This Summer

Andrew JordanSenior Writer IMarch 21, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23:  Arjen Robben of FC Bayern Muenchen looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Inter Milan v FC Bayern Muenchen on February 23, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Arjen Robben has been one of the top wingers in the world during the last several years.

However, the Bayern Munich and Dutch star has continued to be slowed down by injury.

Robben has continued to put up incredible stats despite the injuries, tallying double-digit goal totals in each of his three seasons with Bayern, creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates with his speed on the wings.

Due to Robben's strong play, Bayern reached a Champions League final two years ago and are in position to reach the final in their home arena this year.

Bayern's recent offensive resurgence has been due in part to Robben's great play in the last month.

After scoring twice at Wembley against England, Robben has seven goals and two assists to put Bayern within striking distance of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

This recent surge in performance has brought up contract talks for Robben with Bayern. Robben's contract is supposed to expire next year, and there has been talk of Robben renewing with Bayern.

So far, contract talks have not gone as smoothly as both sides probably wished they could be.

At the beginning of the month, Robben said the following about his situation:

"It might have something to do with working under a coach [Jupp Heynckes] who has confidence in you and just tells you to feel free and play your game."

Robben did not make matters better when he said he would make sure his bosses at Bayern saw the game at Wembley, implying this by saying, "they will have watched the Germany versus France game, but I will take a DVD with me."

Robben had an incredible performance against England
Robben had an incredible performance against EnglandClive Rose/Getty Images

Of course, Robben was injured during the beginning of February and was coming into matches off the bench.

In the last few days, Robben continued to exaggerate his situation, saying, "It cannot be said that I am 100 percent certain I will stay with Bayern".

This behavior by Robben has not been professional, but at the same time it is normal behavior (to a certain degree at least).

From these comments, it's obvious that Robben is upset that he was not starting for Bayern in February.

However, Robben is showing that he's not too excited with the incoming transfer of Swiss starlet Xherdan Shaqiri. Shaqiri is the potential long-term replacement for Robben should he leave Bayern, and will take away from some of Robben's playing time next year.

Through all of this, Robben has continued to say that he is "not speaking to other clubs" at this time, and Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger has said he is confident that Robben will commit to a contract extension in the near future.

Still, this behavior is just a ploy by Robben to get more money.

Robben, currently 28 years old and at the height of his ability, will not want to leave Bayern and go to a weaker side.

It makes no logical sense to see him leave the club.

Robben also understands that he is due to get more money if he has strong performances and is speaking of displeasure of his current standing.

With Robben due to have a strong performance at Euro 2012, you can expect transfer rumors to start sprouting up like this one, especially if he does not get a new contract.

Most likely, Robben will not leave the club this summer—it makes no logical sense for him to leave.

In fact, Robben will get paid well and is just trying to get some of his demands through in order to make his playing situation with Bayern better.


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